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We found 16 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida MyBlue near Palmetto Bay, FL.

Dr. Javier Perez Perez Fernandez, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8900 North Kendall Drive; Critical Care Unit
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Javier Perez-Fernandez practices critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology in South Miami, FL, Miami, FL, and Coral Gables, FL. His clinical interests include sleep disorders, emphysema, and cancer. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Perez-Fernandez honors. Before completing his residency at VA Caribbean Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Perez-Fernandez attended medical school at the University of Navarra School of Medicine. Dr. Perez-Fernandez speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Cancer, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeremy Ira Tabak, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
8600 Sw 92 Street; Suite 204-b
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jeremy Tabak specializes in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Tabak include sleep disorders, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis (CF). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tabak is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and a graduate of Jackson Memorial Medical Center's residency program. He has received the distinction of South Florida Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Tabak is professionally affiliated with Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Asthma, Emphysema, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Fabriccio Melanio Letellier, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8750 Sw 144 Street; Suite 208
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Fabriccio Letellier is an intensivist and adult pulmonologist in Palmetto Bay, FL and Miami, FL. He is especially interested in sleep disorders, emphysema, and asthma. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Letellier accepts. He is a graduate of Ibero-American University (UNIBE). Dr. Letellier's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, Smoking ... (Read more)

Dr. Raymond Latanae Parker Jr., MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8600 Sw 92 Street; Suite 204-b
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Raymond Parker's specialties are critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Dr. Parker's areas of clinical interest consist of sleep disorders, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis (CF). His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Parker completed a residency program at Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Francisco Rodriguez-Moran, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
8900 North Kendall Drive; Critical Care Unit
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Juan Rodriguez-Moran specializes in adult pulmonology and practices in South Miami, FL, Miami, FL, and Coral Gables, FL. Before performing his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida, Dr. Rodriguez-Moran attended Autonomous University of Central America for medical school. These areas are among his clinical interests: sleep disorders, cystic fibrosis (CF), and asthma. Dr. Rodriguez-Moran accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. In addition to English, Dr. Rodriguez-Moran speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Smoking ... (Read more)

Dr. Leonard Simon, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Primary Care, Adult Pulmonology
9299 South West 152nd Street, Intensive Care Services; Suite 203
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Leonard Simon works as a critical care specialist, primary care doctor, and adult pulmonologist. These areas are among Dr. Simon's clinical interests: sleep disorders, asthma, and snoring. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center and Beth Israel Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Simon speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Richard Steven Prager, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Pulmonology
9299 South West 152nd Street, Intensive Care Services; Suite 203
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Richard Prager sees patients in Pinecrest, FL and Miami, FL. His medical specialties are adult critical care and pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease). Dr. Prager's clinical interests include obesity, sleep disorders, and emphysema. He is affiliated with Baptist Hospital and Homestead Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Prager has received the following distinctions: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Obesity, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lisardo Garcia Garcia Covarrubias, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
8950 N. Kendall Drive; Suite 607w
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Lisado Covarrubias' areas of specialization are general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: emphysema, heart surgery, and tumor. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Covarrubias trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Covarrubias is professionally affiliated with Bethesda Health, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Heart Surgery, Tumor, Emphysema

Dr. Antonio Emilio Blanco, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7775 Sw 87 Avenue; Suite 100
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Antonio Blanco practices general internal medicine in Homestead, FL and Miami, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, emphysema, and migraine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Blanco is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Georgetown University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Blanco speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Incontinence, Migraine, Diabetes, Arthritis, Asthma, Thyroid Problems, Acne, Emphysema, Smoking ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlos Jesus Piniella, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
9275 Sw 152 Street; Suite 210
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Piniella is a specialist in allergy & immunology. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Piniella include immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital. Dr. Piniella honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cabrini Medical Center. He has received the distinction of South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Piniella speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Immunization, Food Allergy, Skin Cancer, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Alfonso Jose Monge, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9045 Sw 87 Court
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Alfonso Monge's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in diabetes, depression, and arthritis. Dr. Monge's hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Monge trained at Georgetown University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Depression, Diabetes, Arthritis, Alzheimer's Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Felix Eduardo Guzman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12600 Sw 120 Street; Suite 105
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Felix Guzman sees patients in Miami, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Guzman's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Guzman include erectile dysfunction (impotence), thyroid problems, and depression. He is affiliated with Baptist Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Guzman attended Central University of the East School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Griffin Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Depression, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Osteoporosis, Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tzewan Wong, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10420 Sw 77 Avenue; Suite 100
Pinecrest, FL
 

Dr. Tzewan Wong's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include knee problems, migraine, and thyroid problems. Dr. Wong is affiliated with Baptist Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Wong is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Depression, Incontinence, Eating Disorders, Erectile Dysfunction, Shoulder Problems, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Reza Azar, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Primary Care
8720 N Kendall Drive; Suite 214
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Reza Azar is a Miami, FL physician who specializes in adult cardiology and primary care. He attended medical school at Iran University of Medical Sciences. His residency was performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida. Dr. Azar's clinical interests include emphysema and heart problems. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Azar speaks Persian. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Heart Problems, Emphysema

Dr. Sergio Garcia, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9950 Sw 107th Avenue; Suite 101
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Sergio Garcia is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Before performing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Garcia attended Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. His clinical interests include diabetes, emphysema, and ulcers. Dr. Garcia honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Garcia is professionally affiliated with Kendall Regional Medical Center, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Back Problems, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Julio Jorge, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9560 Sw 107 Avenue; Suite A104
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Julio Jorge works as an internist in Miami, FL. Dr. Jorge's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in diabetes, emphysema, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Central University of the East School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx. Dr. Jorge's professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Preventive Care, Emphysema

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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It is really two diseases in one: chronic bronchitis (which causes inflammation and thick mucus production in the airways of the lungs) and emphysema (which damages the air sacs and alveoli, delicate structures of the lung tissue that allow a person to breathe).

In the United States, almost all cases of COPD are caused by smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke. Other causes include occupational exposure to dust, chemicals and pollution, and a rare genetic condition.

COPD causes a wet cough that doesn’t go away. It can come with shortness of breath and wheezing, or a tight feeling in the chest. Some people have flare ups where their symptoms get worse, and during this time they can also experience flu-like symptoms such as fever and fatigue.

There is no cure for COPD, but there are treatments to improve breathing and slow the progression of the disease. The first step is to reduce exposure to what caused COPD in the first place, such as smoking. Medicines such as bronchodilators, usually given in an inhaler, can relax the muscles around the airways and make it easier to breathe. Sometimes they are given along with glucocorticosteroids, drugs that reduce inflammation. Vaccines help prevent respiratory illnesses that can worsen COPD. Oxygen therapy can be used if people aren’t able to get enough oxygen into their lungs on their own. In extreme cases, surgery can be used to remove damaged tissue from the lungs or even perform a lung transplant.